About us


AISDA is an international award-winning local NGO (The 2012 Stars International Health Impact Award Winner of Africa, Asia and the Middle East) with deep roots in Afar regional state since 2006. The organization has an excellent working relationship and reputation with donors, local government partners and different stakeholders. Similarly, the organization is one of the four 2014’s Medallion Award Winners of Afar Region at the Pastoralist Day celebrated in early 2015. AISDA’s headquartered at Addis Ababa with project coordination offices at its operational districts of Afar Region. It is legally registered by the Ministry of Justice in August 2006. Again, in 2019 it is re-registered in line with the new NGO legislation with registration number 0288 by the Federal Civil Societies and Charities Agency

Organizational Structure of AISDA

The board and it`s role

The board is composed of five members namely Doge Bidaro- Chair person, Nefisa Hassen- Vice chair person, Kamil Shemsu- Member, Ali Sultan- Member and Halewya Mohammed-Member. These members of the board are composed of different professional background and work experience like a public health specialist, a parliamentarian-member of the house of representative, an agronomist, a hydraulic engineer and a a Social Antropologist. The board meets quarterly, excluding extra ordinary meeting, they also evaluate periodically the performance of AISDA and they advise the management committee on different issues as appropriate

Key staff and structure

The General Assembly of AISDA is comprised of representative from the major stake holders and influential personalities at different levels with gender representation. All of its members are literate and with different qualification. 

AISDA has management committee chaired by the executive director who is responsible for the day-to-day execution of the activities of the organization.

Aisda’s head quarter is found in Addis Ababa, it has a liaison office at Semera and eight project coordination offices in eight districts of Afar Region..


The Program Director who is directly accountable to the executive director is responsible for the operation of the programs. He/she leads and coordinates the Livelihood and NRM program units, Health & Nutrition Program unit, and Emergency response, DRR program Unit. The Program Manager who is directly accountable to the program director is also responsible for the operation of the

programs. He/she leads and coordinates the project coordinators.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, reporting and Learning Officer who is directly accountable to the Executive Director is responsible for the monitoring and evaluating of program implementation; reporting of program reports; and the overall learning and sharing of best practices and documentation activities

The Program coordinator, who is accountable to the program manager assists the program manager; leads and facilitates all the programs, and leads the resource mobilization activities. 

The Area project coordinator supervises and facilitates the implementation of the area programs, each area project would comprise the least of experts and supporting staff.

The Admin and Finance Head who is directly accountable to the Executive Director is responsible for the coordination of Human Resource Section, Procurement and logistics Section, and the Finance Section. 

The Admin and Finance officer who is accountable to the Admin and Finance Head is responsible for the personnel management and the financial system administration activities.

Some of the AISDA Head Office Team

Our vision

AISDA envisions better livelihoods of pastoral, agro pastoral, other rural and urban poor communities in Ethiopia



Our mission

To help bring positive changes in the lives and livelihoods of poor and vulnerable communities of Ethiopia overcome poverty and live with dignity through supporting programs of:

  • Health and Nutrition (MCH, Reproductive Health, Harmful practices and HIV)
  • Agriculture (Livestock development and crop production)
  • IGAs and Livelihoods Resilience
  • Water resource development, NRM and WASH
  • Humanitarian Response and Recovery
  • Research development and dissemination

Organizational Objectives

  • To Improve the health status of communities basically women and children
  • To improve quality education and service delivery
  • To reduce the Sexual & Gender Based Violence through the promotion of Women’s Right and Economic Empowerment
  • To overcome the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation through the introduction of renewable energy (Solar) for water supply and irrigation
  • To increase and diversify farm &off-farm household income to vulnerable groups of the society
  • To capacitate communities through skills upgrading, economic and material resources so as to become self-reliant
  • Pastoral communities to enjoy their rights and live in peace

Core Program/Intervention Areas

  • Health and Nutrition (with a special emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, MCH)Formal and Informal Education

  • Gender Based Violence (GBV) (FGM, SRHR, and harmful traditional practices)
  • Enhancing marginalized community’s livelihood
  • Natural resources conservation and grazing land rehabilitation and management and climate change adaptation
  • Research development and dissemination
  • Livestock health and development
  • Local capacity building
  • Water development and management (both developmental and emergency WaSH)
  • Humanitarian response and recovery (Emergency relief and DRR)
  • Peace building, human rights and GBV  program unit.
women and children